Bulgaria Debates National Symbol for Euro Coin Design

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | June 16, 2008, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 10
Bulgaria: Bulgaria Debates National Symbol for Euro Coin Design Director of the National Museum of History, Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov (left) and PR of the campaign Maxim Behar (right), say the Madara Horseman would look best on the Euro coins. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

Debates about the design of the future Bulgarian Euro coins continue in the country with people choosing between the rose, the Rila monastery, the Madarski Konnik (Madara Horseman) rock relief, and the Cyrillic alphabet.

The national television organized a discussion, in which historians, ministers, intellectuals and businessmen divided up in team argued about the relevance of each symbol and tried to find out which will look best on the European money.

According to the director of the National Museum of History, Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov and PR of the campaign Maxim Behar, the Madara Horseman rock relief is one of the oldest Bulgarian symbols and should be placed on the Euro coins as it would also look great on them.

The relief near Bulgaria's town of Shumen depicts a majestic horseman thrusting a spear into a lion lying at his horse's feet while an eagle is flying in front of the rider and a dog is running after him. The scene symbolically depicts a military triumph and was engraved in the rock during Khan Tervel's rule.

Minister of State Administration Nikolai Vasilev backed the idea that the Cyrillic alphabet is the greatest Bulgarian symbol while Deputy PM Meglena Plugchieva said the Rila monastery as a symbol of the Bulgarian identity should be on the back of the coins.

Discussions will continue until June 29 when a vote will decide what will be the Bulgarian symbol on the Euro. Bulgarians could vote for a symbol in post offices, gas stations and schools.
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Robin - 17 Jun 2008 // 00:45:06

The economy might be in decent shape (and I don't fully believe this), but the Euro is less about economics and more about politics (no matter what anybody wants you to believe) and politics in BG are about as bad as they come in the EU (Italy excepted, but somehow they are excused for all their corruption).

Robin - 17 Jun 2008 // 00:43:10

"Overnight many prices simply doubled by putting the Euro symbol over the DM symbol, I hope the same does not occur in BG."

Hmm, given current inflation, no one would notice!

BULERICAN - 16 Jun 2008 // 23:16:53

I sincerely hope the transition from Leva to Euro does not follow suit like the transition from D-Mark to Euro did in Germany.

Overnight many prices simply doubled by putting the Euro symbol over the DM symbol, I hope the same does not occur in BG.

DP - 16 Jun 2008 // 17:33:07

Hm...Did the Italians put Garibaldi on their Euro? ;-)

Uchak - 16 Jun 2008 // 17:18:56

rorbin, BG (unlike some other EE states (Poland, Hungary) has a 2% budget surplus, estimates Bg may join the euro are about 2011 maybe even 2010...
all the corrupt priovizations paid off most of the foreign debt so macro economically Bg state actually in decent shape

Dutch - 16 Jun 2008 // 15:50:33

"The Madara rider wouldnВґt look good on a coin"

For that to check....take a look at the current 1 stotinka to 50 stotinki coins....the Madara horseman is on the back of those :-) Seems to do its job quite well and imho does not look so bad....

Personally I think they should try to find something that represents the whole country, not just one region. Maybe Levski would be a good idea as he is a hero to practically all Bulgarians...

jan - 16 Jun 2008 // 13:18:01

before speaking about the currency euros in Bulgaria it would be wise
to study the sex of the angels because that is realistic but to speak about euros with current inflation is a waste of time..--

LarzBGR - 16 Jun 2008 // 12:53:31


many years or decades? Well, you are exaggerating:)

Taro - 16 Jun 2008 // 11:42:37

Well, Bulgarian is a country of different speeds. There are parts looking like 1977, while others are somehow in nowadays with a special bulgarian temper.

Somehow it is important to have a vision, even somebody said, if you have visions you should see your doctor...

Anyway I would vote for the Rila Monastery. A lovely place.

The Madara rider wouldnВґt look good on a coin and how you want to readable display an alphabet on a coin?!

First of all BG needs to combate its inflation.


Robin - 16 Jun 2008 // 11:23:50

Aren't they getting a bit ahead of themselves? It will still be many years or even decades before Bulgaria joins the Euro.

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